Planning My Work

Scanning the Landscape 2.0 - New!

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Scanning the Landscape 2.0

We talked with funders working in the US, Europe, and internationally about when, why, and how it’s useful to scan the landscape for new ideas and new directions. This updated edition of a 2004 GrantCraft guide reflects key changes in philanthropy, from the rise of social media to a growing tendency to scan continuously for changes and opportunities.

Highlights

  • Why take a fresh look at scanning?
  • Using visualization for your learning
  • Online tools for scanning
Using Competitions and RFPs

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Using Competitions and RFPs

A well-structured competition or RFP can do more than just identify promising grantees. Guide contributors describe using each to clarify and reinforce foundation goals, create new lines of research, and expand their own knowledge of a field.

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  • Deciding whether to use an RFP
  • Attracting applicants
  • Checklist: components of an RFP
Programming on a Blank Slate

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Programming on a Blank Slate

Imagine starting a new grant-making program from scratch — no prior grantees, no established procedures, no set objectives. One grantmaker's experience in starting a rural program illustrates some of the questions you would need to answer.

Highlights

  • Taking up a new job in a new field
  • Identifying key issues to address
  • Narrowing the field and making your first decisions

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Inheriting a Grant Portfolio

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Inheriting a Grant Portfolio

Put yourself in the shoes of a grantmaker who takes over a longstanding program, only to learn that it needs to be slimmed down and made more effective. This case surveys the landscape and lets you decide what to do.

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  • Reviewing what has gone before
  • Identifying a new focus and direction
  • Making your first decisions

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Building Financial Strength and Program Quality

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Building Financial Strength and Program Quality

Work alongside a grantmaker who created a new program to strengthen community foundations - building both their financial wealth and the effectiveness of their programs. What choices would you have made?

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  • Choosing a strategy
  • Shaping a new program initiative
  • Using an RFP to advance your goals

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Reflections on Practice (DVD)

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Reflections on Practice (DVD)

GrantCraft videos capture the insights and dilemmas of grantmaking from the point of view of the individual grantmaker. Now easier to view and download, each video takes an up-close look at how experienced practitioners coped with some of the most common challenges of grantmaking.

Highlights

  • Includes GrantCraft videos
  • Selectable menus
  • Caption/subtitle options